Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble
Bach, J S:
Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV1057
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV1058
Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV1055
Matthew Halls (harpsichord & director)
Having wowed the critics with their 2011 recording of ‘JS Bach Easter and Ascension Oratorios’ Retrospect Ensemble return to the studio to record Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos.
Director Matthew Halls takes on the role of soloist, having proved both his keyboard virtuosity and affinity with Bach’s harpsichord music in his debut solo recording ‘J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations’ which IRR named ‘Outstanding’.
In 2010 the 35-year-old was announced as The Oregon Bach Festival’s next artistic director, due to his ‘international reputation in the worlds of choral and early music [and] consummate skill as a Bach interpreter.’ He shall assume the role in 2013.
Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble takes its musicians and audiences on an exciting journey, exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach.
Retrospect has performed at concerts across Europe and the Far East and has established an exciting partnership with the Korean National Opera.
Matthew Halls has established himself as one of today’s leading young conductors. A former Artistic Director of The King’s Consort, he has conducted in prominent venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Cité de la Musique, Paris; and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.